Anyone new to motorcycles, even someone who is an old die hard biker, will at some point have heard of or come across the brand of Bike ‘Hyosung’. They have been around for a good few years now, many differing models, some new, some stayed the same, however one things for sure, their reliability has always been in question.
For me, I have owned 4 Hyosungs, two in the UK and I am now on my 4th Hyosung here in Australia. Why my fourth? Well the third Hyosung managed to spend more time off the road than it did on the road. As such, was a complete and utter lemon. I raised a number of complaints about both Hyosung and the Dealer with the NSW Fair Trading and as such they really didn’t want to know. It seems their is no real consumer protection for Vehicles here in NSW. The overall tone from both Hyosung, The Bike Dealer and NSW Fair Trading was…..a complete waist of my time, money and blood pressure hitting the roof every time something failed on the bike. It took almost 10 months for the Dealer to step unto the plate and offered me a replacement bike. Finally!!!
The outcome of this was I got a newer model GV650 Aquila Pro Sports Cruiser in 8 Ball Black, just without the ongoing dramas that the first GV650 had. That is until almost 4500Kms into the ride and Headlights/Tail Lights failed – a relay issue – I replaced myself – didn’t care for the warranty replacement or the Bullshit from the dealer, so diagnosed and replaced myself.
Next thing to fail and in such epic if not classic Hyosung style, the Radiator cracked. Not the first time I have heard of this actually. I read a review between the Hyosung GV650 and the Yamaha equivalent Cruiser (except the Yamaha is better), and the first day of the review the Radiator did exactly the same thing, poorly fitted radiator had caused the thing to crack.
So the question you should ask yourself, if not yourself the Dealer or Hyosung, is Do they have any quality control? If they do, then why does most of their recent 650’s seem to delight in failing? Seems to me they are all for the profit and not for the rider. Considering that the price I paid for my 2012 model GV650, they have reduced the price to $8,000 Australian. I paid about $11,000 almost 2 years ago! Happy am I? Hell no
So my advice to anyone looking at a Brand New Motorbike to learn on and are considering the Hyosungs. Don’t. Go for a name you can trust, something with a history and a known pedigree, not some mutt mongrel piece of Korean made junk, imported into your country for a price and marked up to rip you off.
So the very next question I hear you screaming at me, is “Why did you buy it?”
Oh please, I ask myself that very same question on a daily basis, if I could punch myself out, trust me I would. I should have bought the Yamaha, should have gone to another Bike Dealer, not some back street dealer.. Should have done the reviews in google first, research, the usual stuff that could potentially save you a huge headache.
Heed my warning – Avoid Hyosungs at all costs.